The 47th Annual Segundo de Febrero Exhibition: Seguimos

Centro Cultural Aztlan is honored to present the 47th Annual Segundo de Febrero Exhibit: Seguimos Centro Cultural Aztlan has produced and presented the annual Segundo de Febrero exhibit since 1977 in an effort to preserve Mexican American history and culture. This exhibit commemorates the 176th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the ending of the U.S. Mexican war, and the redistribution of a border—creating a new bicultural citizenry with a new consciousness of Mexican American dual identity, history, culture, and traditions. In Texas, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo moved the U.S.-Mexico border down to el Río Bravo and, as a result, Mexico lost a great part of its territory to the United States. This year’s exhibit—Seguimos—is a tribute to those who chose to stay on their land and become U.S. citizens, and to Mexican immigrants who have arrived since then and had a cultural impact on the U.S. Seguimos is a living testament to the resilience and creativity born from cultural diaspora. The exhibit explores themes of migration, adaptation, coexistence, and the duality of Mexican-American identity as a culture in constant evolution. This exhibit is also a reminder that, despite the challenges our people face, we persist and amplify our voices through artistic expression. Our roots continue to nurture the land we now share. The work of each artist shares experiences with the effort to inspire the fight for justice and equality. These works shine as beacons, guiding us toward a future where, together, we continue to write the story of our Mexican-American identity. Join us at the opening reception on Friday, February 2, 2024 from 6:00-9:00pm for light refreshments and live music by One Death. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on view through Thursday, February 29, 2024 Monday-Thursday, 10:00am-4:00pm. The exhibition includes a special art installation of La Virgen de Guadalupe by nationally-recognized floral designer, Henry De Leon. Participating artists include: Lead artist: Mauro Murillo Featured artists: Maria J. Brown, Mauro de la Tierra, Ashleigh Garza, Hector Garza, Albert Gonzales, Vikky Jones, Haley Marmolejo, Mauro Murillo, Nomore, Abel Ortiz, Octavio Quintanilla, Joao Quiroz, Ángeles Salinas, Raul Servin, Ursula Zavala, and Ricardo Zamora. For more information, please call Centro Cultural Aztlan Monday through Thursday, 10am to 4pm at 210-432-1896 or come by Centro Cultural Aztlan’s office located in the Deco Building at 1800 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 103; www.centroaztlan.org.

28th Annual “Celebración a la Virgen de Guadalupe” Exhibit

Centro Cultural Aztlan is honored to present the 28th Annual Celebración a la Virgen de Guadalupe Exhibit. Visitors will explore the significance of the Latin-American cultural icon, La Virgen de Guadalupe, featuring original works of art in acrylic, oil, watercolor, mixed media, sculpture, and more. This exhibition is the oldest and most revered visual arts program featuring La Virgen de Guadalupe as the main theme. Join us at the opening reception Tuesday, December 12, 2023 from 6-9pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public and will be on view December 12th-14th, 2023 and January 2rd-18th, 2024, Monday-Thursday, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The exhibition includes a special art installation of La Virgen de Guadalupe by nationally-recognized floral designer, Henry De Leon. Participating artists include:Richard Arredondo, Zet Baer, Santa Barraza, Celeste DeLuna, Monica Estrada-Saldaña, Oscar A. Galván, Antonio Garcia, Hector Garza, Noe Garza, Cristal Gonzalez, Dolores Gonzales Jarvis, Miguel Gonzales, Frank W. Harris, Irma A. Hernandez, Armando Martinez, Tirzo O. Martinez, Angelica Mayorga, Lucrecia “Gigi” Morales, JD Morera, Alexandra Nelipa, Adriana Netro, Angelina Pliego, Israel Rico, Alfredo L. Rodriguez, Alison Schockner, Raul Servin, Victor Tello, Sonia Villarreal, Eduardo C. Ybarra, and Alicia Zavala Galván. Virgen de Guadalupe Art Market: In addition to the exhibition opening, an art market featuring local vendors will be available December 12th from 6-9pm. Visitors may purchase unique artwork, crafts, and artesanía inspired by La Virgen de Guadalupe and other holiday themes. Mercadito vendors include: Santa Barraza, Malu Berumen, Antonio Garcia, Noe Garza, Norma Gomez, Sandy Hartman, Armando Martinez, Carolyn Martinez, Angelica Mayorga, JD Morera, Adriana Netro, Ben Ortiz, Carol Perez, Angelina Pliego, Yolanda Priego, Israel Rico, Alison Schockner, Sarah Shore, Elliott Treviño, y mas! For more information, please call Centro Cultural Aztlan Monday through Thursday, 10am to 4pm at 210-432-1896 or come by Centro Cultural Aztlan’s office located in the Deco Building at 1800 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 103; www.centroaztlan.org.

15th Annual Mole Festival

The 15th Annual Mole Festival promises to be an exciting gastro-cultura culinary experience sure to satisfy the community with good food, drinks, cultura, y música while supporting Centro Cultural Aztlan’s commitment to preserving and promoting Chicano/a, Latino/a, and indigenous arts and culture, and through our commitment to diversity, education, and promotion of local artists. Get your taste buds ready for one of the most deliciously unique fundraising events in San Antonio. Decadent Mole dishes will be prepared and generously donated by local restaurants, local chefs, and community cooks for your taste buds to enjoy. Refreshing beverages will be provided along with specialty drinks crafted by Tito’s Handmade Vodka. After tasting over 20 of the best Moles in San Antonio, guests and invited judges will vote for their favorite Mole. Don’t miss your chance to watch the city’s top chefs, cooks, and restaurants compete for bragging rights with their best Mole! Join us as we name the next champion of the Mole Festival! Participating chefs, restaurants, and cooks include: Berta Romo Rios, Los Laureles Cafe, Mi Frijoles Catering, F.R.I.D.A. Fest, Los Cocos Mexican Restaurant, Flor de Chiapas, Gorditas Doña Tota, Fiestas del Mundo Travel, Taqueria El Patron,Los Chiles Mexican Restaurant, Taqueria Datapoint, Don Adolfo’s Bar and Grill, Taqueria Tapatia, El Tequila Mexican Bar, Camelia’s Taqueria y mas! Dance the night away to the amazing live music of Andy Bernal and The Artifax, Karen Wells and South River, Armando Martinez, Juan Cabrera Harpist, and Introducing, Vincent Garza and Jacob Luna!
Thursday, October 19, 6-10PM
General Admission tickets for the event are $40.00 per person. This includes all the mole tasting you can handle and 4 free drinks from our bar, including a mole inspired Tito's Vodka cocktail crafted specially for this event. Reserved seating is available at different donation levels beginning at $75 per person. This includes reserved seating in the main gallery, all the mole tasting you can handle and unlimited drinks from our bar including a mole inspired Tito's Vodka cocktail crafted specially for this event. We have stopped selling tickets online to process them and have them ready for tonight. There are a limited amount of tickets at the door. Thank you For more information, please call Centro Cultural Aztlan M-F, 10am to 4pm at 210-432-1896 or come by Centro Cultural Aztlan’s office located in the Deco Building at 1800 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 103. www.centroaztlan.org.

Jorge Sandoval – Fotos y Recuerdos (2000-2023)

Centro Cultural Aztlan is delighted to present Jorge Sandoval – Fotos y Recuerdos. This exhibition is a culmination of the past twenty-four years documenting the world around him. Jorge Sandoval is a San Antonio local photographer, filmmaker, producer, and writer and has been dedicating himself to preserving and promoting Chicano Art for over 45 years. His photographs focus on cultural events and the spaces and lives of people in Mexico and San Antonio; but has traveled to many places around the world looking and capturing the images describing the most vulnerable and history defining moments in time. This exhibit is part of the annual FOTOSEPTIEMBRE Photography Festival.
Fotos y Recuerdos will open on Friday, September 8, 2023 from 6-9PM in the Galeria Expresion at Centro Cultural Aztlan, 1800 Fredericksburg Road #103. Music performance by Juan & Armando Tejeda.
The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on view through October 18th, 2023. Monday-Thursday, 10:00am-4:00pm, except for Holidays. For more information please call Centro Cultural Aztlan Monday-Thursday, 10am to 4pm at 210-432-1896 or come by Centro Cultural Aztlan’s offices located in the Deco Building at 1800 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 103, San Antonio TX 78201.

El Gran Dia de los Artistas featuring “Summer”

Centro Cultural Aztlan will present El Gran Dia de Los Artistas to celebrate our 46th Anniversary on Saturday, July 15, 2023, from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  Centro Cultural Aztlan was incorporated in June of 1977, and we are inviting you to help us mark this significant milestone by celebrating with us over four decades of presenting valuable arts programs to the San Antonio community.  El Gran Dia de Los Artistas is a free community event and promises to be an explosion of creativity in the Deco District showcasing live music, poetry, art demonstrations, and more.   The event will feature:
  • Live music Performances by Gelina, Jorge y Nicole, Armando Martinez, Sabrina Estevez and Blue Feather Band, and Liza Ybarra.
  • Live Painting and art demonstrations
  • Poetry performances by The Jazz Poets of San Antonio
  • Over 25 Artists and artisans showcasing original and unique works with an Artisan Market.
  • A Women exhibition titled “Summer” featuring works by:
Norma Jean Moore, Celeste De Luna, Kim Bishop, Brandy Gonzalez, Anita Valencia, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Lizette Ortiz, Angelica Mayorga, Maureen Doebbler, Rita Maria Contreras, Liliana Wilson, Anel Flores, Gricelda Nill, Edna Lugo, and more! Run of Show: 12PM – 12:30PM - Gelina 12:45– 1:15- Jorge y Nicole 1:30 – 2:00 PM – Armando Martinez 2:30 – 3:00PM – Sabrina Estevez 3:30 – 4:30PM – Jazz Poets of San Antonio 5:15- 6:00PM – Liza Ybarra We hope that you will be able to join us in the celebration of this important milestone for our organization and our community.

Luis “Chispas” Guerrero: Metal to the Pedal

Centro Cultural Aztlan presents: Luis “Chispas” Guerrero: Metal to the Pedal

Opening Reception: Friday, June 2, 2023, 6-9PM Performance by Armando and Juan Tejeda

Centro Cultural Aztlan is delighted to present Luis “Chispas” Guerrero, a well-known San Antonio artist who has taken the rich legends and icons of the Mexican American community and forged them into a unique high-volume body of work. Known as Luis “Chispas” because of his welding knowledge and work, he recently switched to a new medium, and we will be presenting his new paintings for the first time, along with some of his playful metal sculptures.  His subject matter ranges from Robots and Alien (Galaxy) Passports, to paintings of classic vintage pedal cars. Guerrero has exhibited widely throughout San Antonio and South Texas. In recent years, his work has become highly collectible as he was commission by the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) to erect a large-scale sculpture on the campus ground. Guerrero’s work was also purchased for the permanent collection at Arizona State University by the Hispanic Research Center. He will be featured in the 3rd edition of the Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art (published by Bilingual Press). Artist Statement: “My Art is about having a passion and mixing a certain creativity into it – transforming an idea into a Masterpiece. The pedal cars are memories of my childhood.  We played with a used one that had broken pedals. We formed wonderful memories pushing one another up and down the street.” Join us for the opening reception on Friday, June 2, 2023, from 6-9PM in the Galeria Expresion at 1800 Fredericksburg Road #103. Music performance by Armando and Juan Tejeda. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on view through June 29th, 2023. Monday-Thursday, 10:00am-4:00pm, except for Holidays.

Joe Lopez- Momentos en Tiempo/Moments in Time

Centro Cultural Aztlan is delighted to present Joe Lopez with a new exhibition titled Momentos en Tiempo/Moments in Time. This will be Joe Lopez first exhibit in over three years. Lopez was to have an opening at Freight Gallery (the original Gallista building) when Covid hit the scene and the exhibit was unfortunately cancelled. Now, after three and a half years his art will be featured in a solo exhibition at Centro Cultural Aztlan. Paintings for the exhibit capture the everyday lived experiences, identities, relationships, spiritual life and hard work of people whose lives are not often in mainstream cultural representation. Lopez was born in 1945 in San Antonio, Texas and grew up in a small neighborhood known as “El Barrio Escondido” on the Northside of town. “Although we were looked down on, we were extremely proud of who we were ...Mexicanos Americanos/Chicanos, I hope to bring joy and pride to all those who attend. I hope they can see their experiences reflected in my paintings.”says Lopez. Of Lopez ‘s art, Malena Gonzalez-Cid simply says “ Joe Lopez’s art honors the common man.” Momentos en Tiempo/Moments in Time will open on Thursday, April 6, 2023 from 6-9PM in the Galeria Expresion at 1800 Fredericksburg Road #103. Music performance by Manolo “Mano” Martinez. Light refreshments provided by Los Laureles Café. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on view through April 27th, 2023. Monday-Thursday, 10:00am-4:00pm, except for Holidays.

15th Annual Vuelo de Mariposas Spring Market

Centro Cultural Aztlan is pleased to present our annual Vuelo de Mariposas Spring Market an indoor/outdoor artisan market of fine-crafts, paintings and wearable art by some of San Antonio’s most noted artists.
The Vuelo de Mariposas Spring Market gives our local artists an affordable venue in which to sell their works of art and provides visitors the opportunity to meet and greet the artists and artisans. Presenting their “spring line”, artists and artisans are sure to bring the newest trends and colors of the season. Participating vendors include: Adriana Netro, Debi Lively, Michael Villanueva, Malu Moreno, Carol Perez, Angelica Mayorga, Martin Emmanuel Rangel, Noe Garza, Gricelda Nill, Elliott Treviño, Angelina Pliego and Alicia Zavala Galvan. Vuelo de Mariposas Spring Market will be open in conjunction with the 15th Annual On/Off Fredericksburg Road Studio Tour on Saturday, March 25 and 26, 2023 from 12am-6pm. Visitors can stroll through the Deco Building’s breezeway and Centro Cultural Aztlan Galeria Expresion and view our current exhibit 14th annual Mujeres de Aztlan exhibition: Rise, Speak, Act. This year’s exhibition focuses on social issues facing women, including reproductive justice, working conditions, access, identity, and other relevant issues of today. We selected artwork that addresses women’s experiences, struggles, roles, and contributions as creators, supporters, change-makers, nurturers, and more. Artists are encouraged to express their unique perspectives on diverse social issues. The Lead Artist for this exhibition is Sarah Shore. Participating Artists include: Lead Artist: Sarah Shore. Santa Barraza, Kim Bishop, Anel Flores, Angelica Gomez Mayorga, Norma Jean Moore, Gricelda C. Nill, Denise Perez, Lenise Perez-Miller, Savannah Rust, Sarah Sharp, Ethel Shipton, Monica Walker, Angela Weddle and Liliana Wilson.

14th annual Mujeres de Aztlan exhibition: Rise, Speak, Act.

Centro Cultural Aztlan is pleased to present the 14th annual Mujeres de Aztlan exhibition, titled Mujeres de Aztlan: Rise, Speak, Act. Through this annual exhibition, Centro Cultural Aztlan aims to raise the visibility of women artists working to develop their careers and expand their artistic expressions. This year’s exhibition and floricanto will focus on social issues facing women, including reproductive justice, working conditions, access, identity, and other relevant issues of today. We selected artwork that addresses women’s experiences, struggles, roles, and contributions as creators, supporters, change-makers, nurturers, and more. Artists are encouraged to express their unique perspectives on diverse social issues. The Lead Artist for this exhibition is Sarah Shore. Participating Artists include: Lead Artist: Sarah Shore. Santa Barraza, Kim Bishop, Anel Flores, Angelica Gomez Mayorga, Norma Jean Moore, Gricelda C. Nill, Denise Perez, Lenise Perez-Miller, Savannah Rust, Sarah Sharp, Ethel Shipton, Monica Walker, Angela Weddle and Liliana Wilson. A follow-up event Floricanto de Mujeres, an evening of Poetry and Song will be held in the same location on Wednesday, March 8th from 6-8PM, to celebrate International Women’s Day. Featuring: Lisa Carrington, Anel Flores, Genesis Linares, Sabrina Lopez, Sonya Rosario, Karen Wells, Liza Ybarra, Alicia Zavala Galván and Binisa Zentella.
The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on view through March 30th, 2023. Monday-Thursday, 10:00am-4:00pm, except for Holidays.
For more information please call Centro Cultural Aztlan M-F, 10am to 4pm at 210-432-1896 or come by Centro Cultural Aztlan’s offices located in the Deco Building at 1800 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 103.

46th Annual Segundo de Febrero Exhibit – Chicana/Chicano Reunion Commemorating the signing of the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, 1848

Centro Cultural Aztlan is pleased to present the 46th annual Segundo de Febrero exhibition titled Segundo de Febrero: Chicana/Chicano Reunion. This exhibit will honor the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the U.S.-Mexican War, redistributing the border, and creating a new bicultural population. In this exhibition, an exceptional group of celebrated artists will explore the impact of broken treaties, new borders, and their effects on Latino, Chicano, and indigenous history and culture. Join us at the opening reception on Thursday, February 2nd, 2023 from 6:00-9:00pm for light refreshments, music and poetry by The Jazz Poets of San Antonio featuring Los Chromies. Lead artist: Up Featured artists: Saúl Adan, Santa Barraza, Celeste De Luna, Jose Esquivel, Albert Garcia, Tony Garcia, Hector Garza, Noe G. Garza, Xavier Garza, Carmen Lomas Garza, Luis “Chispas” Guerrero, Joe Lopez, Angelica Mayorga, Peter F. Ortiz, Ben Ortiz, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Rubio, Armando Sanchez, Jose Segura, Raul Servin, Up, Andy Villarreal, Liliana Wilson, and Terry Ybañez.
The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on view through February 24th, 2023. Monday-Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm, except for Holidays.
For more information please call Centro Cultural Aztlan M-F, 10am to 4pm at 210-432-1896 or come by Centro Cultural Aztlan’s offices located in the Deco Building at 1800 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 103.